ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The American Gaming Association predicts Americans will fill out more than 70 million tournament brackets. That would top the record number of votes by any single US presidential candidate.
It's a tradition that has grown exponentially along with the NCAA tournament. Fans and even people who don't watch basketball are filling out their brackets before the first games which tip off Tuesday.
Darton State freshman Esau Gilmore has been filling out brackets for years. This is the first year he's old enough to vote, but like many Americans he's more amped up for his favorite to win the big dance.
"I watched the Republican and Democratic debates," said Gilmore. "And none of them really catch me. Nobody exactly. (But for March Madness) UNC Tar Heels baby!"
Gilmore knows voting matters more, he just admits it's not as fun of a process.
Jamael Floyd is a recent graduate. He said his priorities changed once he hit the real world because voting affects him more directly.
"Whether its tax, whether it's repaying student loans, whether it's making sure the middle class is taken care of and not just our upper class," said Floyd. "And things like that. It hit me directly, more directly than March Madness would."
He enjoys both the democratic process and the parity of March Madness. Though he thinks America needs to re-prioritize, Floyd understands the hype.
"It's a new type of competition. Something that allows us to get involved with the NCAA tournament. We're not out there playing basketball but it allows us to kind of connect with our teams, feel like we have a stake in what goes on."
"When March Madness pops up," said Gilmore. "It's always fun for me to see if I can get the bracket perfect and stuff like that."
The final four is in Houston Texas. It's too late to vote in the Georgia primaries, but its not too late to fill out your March madness bracket.